This weeks AXSChat includes myself, and the hosts Neil Milliken, Debra Ruh and Antonio Santos, discussing the recently published Digital Accessibility Specialist Apprenticeship Standard in the United Kingdom & Ireland. The first Accessibility specific apprenticeship scheme globally which I have had the honour in being its co-chair alongside Neil, leading and contributing to its creation alongside many other passionate individuals and organisations.
"The broad purpose of the standard is to enable a successful individual to provide advice on accessibility best practice, helping organisations (externally and internally) to meet organisational, national and international accessibility standards and collaborate to ensure an inclusive user experience and compliance with relevant legislation. A Digital Accessibility Specialist provides training and assistance to professionals to design and develop accessible solutions. They test and audit digital content to ensure that it complies with accessibility standards and guidelines. They provide technical support for digital assistive technology (software and hardware) and facilitate end-user testing specifically with disabled user groups to ensure usability for people with disabilities and users of assistive technology. They procure and provide digital assistive technologies, content and services to meet accessibility requirements of individuals on behalf of both their own employer and clients."